In San Francisco, one winter day
Miss Lucy Curran was heard to say
“I’m sick of working all alone
From my solitary desk at home.”
So she packed her laptop and her notes,
And put them in her rolling tote,
And stared off toward the downtown spot
Of which she’d already heard a lot.
She found it: NextSpace SF on Second
“Well!” she said, “Now this, I reckon,
Might just be the place for me,
Where orange abounds, there’s coffee, tea
And friendly people all around
To talk to when I’m feeling down.”
Now Monday till Friday and sometimes weekends
She goes to NextSpace to see the friends
Who lend an ear in times despairing,
And ask each day how she is faring.
Even on bad days when the words
Are slow to come and watching birds
Fly past the window seems very pressing,
Still, NextSpace is quite a blessing.
With notebook out and laptop ready
The progress day to day is steady:
Instead of languishing at home
While striving to complete a tome
I’ve had a place to work all day
To write, and type, and dream, and play
Out scenes in different combinations
Without the standard hesitation:
“Oh lord, which café shall I choose?
And do they have wifi?” these are the blues
Of writing freelance in San Fran
Without a thorough business plan.
In closing, NextSpace SF rocks
So hard that I am without socks;
Thank you, NextSpace for all you’ve done
To make my writing process fun!
About the Author:
Lucy Claire Curran is a writer, artist, and performer living in San Francisco. After earning her B.A. in English from Harvard University in 2011, she moved west to pursue her dream of creating full time. In 2014, motivated by the desire to find a way to share her creative gifts within a service or non-profit setting, Lucy moved to Seattle and completed a term of service as an Americorps member at a public middle school in Seatac, Washington. Returning to San Francisco in late 2015, Lucy Claire renewed her commitment to pursuing art as her means of civic engagement, political activism, and philosophical inquiry. She is currently finishing a mixed-media book that incorporates original poetry, prose, drawing, painting, and collage elements. To find out more, visit her at lucyclairecurran.com.